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Difficulty III-IV
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 3000 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 809 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/09/2016 5:14 pm

River Description

An interesting class III-IV run in the Siletz drainage, the South Fork Siletz comes out of Valsetz Lake and immediately enters its steepest section of whitewater (class IV at healthy flows).  The first half mile is the most narrow and steep, slowly transitioning to class II-III then class II before finally merging with the NF Siletz about 4 miles later.

The whole run is roadside, so there are many put in and take out options.  The run can be done at a range of flows, with a very different character at 4,000 cfs on the gauge than 12,000.

There is playboating potential at high water for the bold, but most will enjoy this as a class III-IV run when the Siletz is running at a healthy flow.  5,000 cfs seems to be a good bet for an enjoyable flow.

Watch out for wood, the heavy logging in the area provides the access roads but means more wood in the stream.  

Access the stream using Valsetz Road, either out of Falls City or through Moonshine Park.  Because the land is managed by logging companies, this area is understandably only open to the public on weekends.


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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.


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1206827 09/09/16 Jacob Cruser
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1199229 02/22/11 Thomas O'Keefe reach added
1206826 09/09/16 Jacob Cruser Added description and gauge